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Three Associates Join Bodman

By: Bodman PLC

11/08/16

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that associate attorneys have joined the firm: Annalise A. Lekas, Ameena R. Sheikh, and Nicholas Q. Taylor.

The new associates are all based in Bodman’s Detroit office and all were members of the firm’s 2015 class of summer associates.

Lekas is a member of the Business Practice Group. She represents business clients involved in a variety of matters including corporate organizations, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions. Previously, she has worked as a corporate legal extern for an industrial aluminum manufacturer and for a nationwide voluntary health organization, and as an intern in the corporate counsel’s office of a diversified global manufacturing company. She also worked in the office of U.S. Representative Tim Walberg in Washington, DC as an intern. While in law school, Ms. Lekas was managing editor for the Emory International Law Review and is the author of “#ISIS: The Largest Threat to World Peace Trending Now,” an article published in the Review. She is proficient in both Spanish and Chinese.

Sheikh is a member Bodman’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She represents clients involved in complex commercial litigation matters. After receiving a full tuition Dean’s Scholarship at Wayne State University Law School, Sheikh was the recipient of the Silver and Bronze Key Certificates for academic achievement. During her time at the university, Sheikh was a member of several Wayne Law Moot Court teams, placing 1st in the Solo, Team, and Brief Writer categories at the Arthur Neef Wayne Law In-House Moot Court Competition. Before becoming an attorney, Sheikh represented the United States as an internationally and nationally ranked ice skater. She is active in pro bono and volunteer work, including the Family Adoption Program at Matrix Family Services and student mentoring with VIP Mentoring, Inc.

Taylor works with both Bodman’s High Net Worth and Tax practice groups. He represents individual clients in connection with estate planning, related tax matters, and the administration of complex trusts and estates. He also represents tax-exempt and charitable organizations in securing and retaining exempt status, advising on corporate governance issues, and counseling on general operational matters. Before joining Bodman, Taylor worked as a law clerk with a mid-size Detroit-area law firm, gaining experience in insurance litigation, eminent domain, and other areas. While in law school, Mr. Taylor served as articles editor for the Indiana Law Journal. He also served as press and media chair for a local chapter of the American Constitution Society.